If you’ve always wanted to study under the tutelage of Bill de Blasio, now’s your chance.
And what’s more, it might just boost your health.
As relayed by Fox News, the former New York City mayor is teaching at Harvard University this fall. Bill will be commanding a classroom in the Ivy League institution’s schools of government and public health.
De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from 2014 to 2021, will take part in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and will teach classes on leadership and public service at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the schools said in separate announcements Wednesday.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mayor de Blasio and [former acting mayor of Boston, Kim Janey] to campus as Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows,” Dean Michelle A. Williams said.
Williams said both officials grappled with public health crises including COVID-19, homelessness and the opioid epidemic.
“Their insights and their mentorship will be tremendously helpful to students who aspire to public office, as well as to those who are looking to lead in other sectors,” she said.
It’s an interesting choice. Perhaps Bill has experienced managerial growth over the past year.
At 79th Street’s Lucerne — home of the 300 addicts — resident Angel Ortiz assured [the New York Post], “[W]hatever drug you can imagine is done there.”
Another resident chimed in:
“They shoot up, sniff up, crack, (synthetic marijuana) K2, everything.”
A third pointed out, “You got drunks — you got violent drunks.”
Across the street, a restaurant owner complained that homeless drunken arguments are chasing away his customers.
“Screaming? Forget about it. It’s like a jungle. They get drunk, and they start fighting.”
Nanny Michele McDowall recalled an offer she received while strolling a baby in front of a large Upper West Side inn:
“You want to buy crack?”
Bill had to pull the plug, but at least they literally gave it a good shot.
De Blasio also had ideas about criminals. For the sake of public health, in March of 2020, he released a third of a thousand jailbirds at greatest risk of dying from COVID.
More than 1,100 freed city inmates later, he expressed shock to learn they were committing new crimes.
“I think it’s unconscionable — just on a human level — that folks were shown mercy, and this is what some of them have done. We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.”
Per my coverage that July, he bragged about the city’s empty jails:
Bill’s [describes] a New York City in which far fewer of its lawbreakers are in jail: “safer.”
The mayor [celebrated] Thursday, amid a huge spike in crime and a stunning number of retiring cops. …
“We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since WWII, and we are safer for it and better for it.”
Perhaps its most novel advice:
Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face-to-face contact.
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) June 15, 2020
Back to Bill’s new public health teaching gig, former NYPD officer Paul Mauro had a curious response to the news. Paul shared it with America’s Newsroom:
“I thought it was a parody when I saw it. I mean, what’s it going to teach you about? To show up late? You know, to me, this is like hiring the coach from a last-place team.”
“And full disclosure,” he added, “I was up there. I’m a graduate of The Kennedy School. … [T]hey have some terrific people, great professors, and wonderful programs. I don’t expect Bill de Blasio to be among them.”
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